Gardening for Birds, Butterflies, and Bees

Everything you need to Know to Create a wildlife Habitat in your Backyard
Author: Editors at Birds and Blooms Magazine
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1621453049
Category: Gardening
Page: 288
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Whether you’re installing a new garden bed or trying to attract orioles for the first time, it helps to start with the right information. And here it is! In this book, experts and readers from North America's #1 Bird and Garden Magazine, Birds & Blooms, give their tried-and-true advice. Attracting birds and butterflies has never been simpler—plus you’ll get the latest tips and advice for supporting the dwindling bee population, which experts say is essential for the future of gardening. Inside this book, you’ll find irresistible plants for birds, butterflies, and bees, creative garden designs for year-round beauty, and our top plant lists to take the guesswork out of gardening. No matter what the subject, everyone wants advice they can trust. This is certainly the case when it comes to the backyard. Whether you’re installing a new garden bed or trying to attract orioles for the first time, it helps to start with the right information. And here it is! Birds, butterflies and bees rely on plants, trees and shrubs to survive and thrive. That’s why doing your part for the environment by establishing critter-friendly areas in your own backyard is so crucial. Chances are, your garden is already a welcoming space for all kinds of nature, but with a little extra research and planning, you can take your gardening a couple steps further and transform your yard into a healthier and happier sanctuary for birds, butterflies and bees. This book, brought to you by the editors of Birds & Blooms magazine, can serve as your guide to attracting new visitors to your landscape. Birds & Blooms has helped lead the trend we like to call “gardening with a purpose” for over 20 years. We’ve always recognized the importance of going beyond just the beauty of a garden, and purposefully choosing flowers, trees and shrubs specifically for their environmental benefits. Birds count on healthy trees and plants as natural food sources and nesting sites. Butterflies need nectar-rich blooms for nourishment. Very specific host plants are key to caterpillar survival. And as bee populations decline, flowers that provide nectar and pollen are more essential than ever. Each of these creatures requires natural shelter as well, which trees and shrubs readily provide. If you’re ready to commit to sharing your garden with all sorts of nature, sit down with this book and let us help you create a successful space. All of the 250+ featured plants are not only gorgeous and colorful, but they offer a lot of environmental benefits, too. We made sure to include amazing photos of every plant we’re recommending, so you’ll be able to see what each plant looks like and immediately know if it’s a good fit for your garden. We even went a step further and put together some handy symbols to help you achieve the wildlife-friendly backyard of your dreams. Look for the symbols next to each plant profile to discover what the plant will attract. (Some plants are a triple whammy and attract birds, butterflies and bees!) For extra guidance, check the light-requirement symbols. You’ll be able to quickly see if a plant should be grown in shade, part-shade or full sun—vital info you need to know to create a great habitat. Once you’ve established a flourishing backyard, be sure to enjoy your new guests. Throughout this book, we’ve highlighted about 70 bird species and 35 butterfly species you might see in your space. Have fun identifying all of the birds, butterflies and bees in your own backyard! CONTENTS Introduction Chapter 1 Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard Chapter 2 Annuals Chapter 3 Perennials Chapter 4 Grasses and Vines Chapter 5 Trees and Shrubs Chapter 6 Backyard Bird Profiles Chapter 7 Backyard Butterfly Profiles Chapter 8 Frequently Asked Questions Chapter 9 Backyard Projects and Resources Index

The California Wildlife Habitat Garden

How to Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals
Author: Nancy Bauer
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520953509
Category: Nature
Page: 248
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This attractive, practical guide explains how to transform backyard gardens into living ecosystems that are not only enjoyable retreats for humans, but also thriving sanctuaries for wildlife. Beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, this book provides easy-to-follow recommendations for providing food, cover, and water for birds, bees, butterflies, and other small animals. Emphasizing individual creativity over conventional design, Bauer asks us to consider the intricate relationships between plants and wildlife and our changing role as steward, rather than manipulator, of these relationships. In an engaging narrative that endorses simple and inexpensive methods of wildlife habitat gardening, Nancy Bauer discusses practices such as recycling plant waste on site, using permeable pathways, growing regionally appropriate plants, and avoiding chemical fertilizers and insecticides. She suggests ways of attracting pollinators through planting choices and offers ideas for building water sources and shelters for wildlife. A plant resource guide, tips for propagating plants, seasonal plants for hummingbirds, and host plants for butterflies round out The California Wildlife Habitat Garden, making it an indispensable primer for those about to embark on creating their own biologically diverse, environmentally friendly garden.

New England Gardener's Handbook

All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant & Maintain a New England Garden - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Author: Jacqueline Heriteau,Holly Hunter Stonehill,Liz Ball,James Fizzell,Joe Lamp'l
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
ISBN: 1610587154
Category: Gardening
Page: 272
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New England Gardener’s Handbook is written by popular gardening experts who include their collective wisdom in one complete guide for New England gardeners. In addition to the hundreds of hardy plants in eleven different plant categories, there are monthly to-do calendars assisting gardeners with the proper care and timing for everything from planting to pruning. Full-color photos for each plant and helpful illustrations and charts make this an easy-to-use resource for all New England gardeners with expert advice for home gardeners in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Organic Gardening For Dummies

Author: Ann Whitman,Suzanne DeJohn,The National Gardening Association
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470486945
Category: Gardening
Page: 388
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Organic Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows readers the way to ensure a healthy harvest from their environmentally friendly garden. It covers information on the newest and safest natural fertilizers and pest control methods, composting, cultivation without chemicals, and how to battle plant diseases. It also has information on updated equipment and resources. It helps readers plant organically year-round, using herbs, fruits, vegetables, lawn care, trees and shrubs, and flowers. The tips and techniques included in Organic Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition are intended to reduce a garden's impact on both the environment and the wallet.

Buzz Into Action

The Insect Curriculum Guide for Grades K-4
Author: David Alexander
Publisher: NSTA Press
ISBN: 1936959127
Category: Science
Page: 171
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Calling all aspiring entomologists, apiologists, and lepidopterists, as well as kids who just think bugs, bees, and butterflies are cool! Buzz Into Action is a lively insect-education curriculum for teaching about the world's most abundant and accesible group of animals. This cross-disciplinary guide introduces children to the joy of insects through investigations that involve scientific inquiry and knowledge building rather than memorizations. You can put the 20 hands-on lessons to work individually or as a curriculum, in the field or in the classroom. Activities range from the basic, how to identify an insect, to the irresistible, Pollinator Party Relay Race, Camouflaged Critters, and Colony Collapse Town Meeting. For ease of use, each lesson plan provides: a quick-read overview of the activities' requirements; detailed objectives, materials lists, and background information; step-by-step procedures and reproducible activity sheets; assessments and extensions; and reference materials including field guides, websites, and story books that complement lessons and help you hone in on species from your own regions. In fact, Buzz Into Actions provides almost everything you need to get your classroom buzzing. Just add insects, and curious children.

The naturalist's garden

how to garden with plants that attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife
Author: Ruth Shaw Ernst
Publisher: Globe Pequot Pr
ISBN: 9781564401359
Category: Gardening
Page: 273
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Offers advice on planning a garden to attract wildlife, discusses trees, shrubs, wildflowers, water gardens, and vegetables, and covers diseases and pests

30 Minute Gardening

Author: Jenny Hendy
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
ISBN: 1409375366
Category: Gardening
Page: 192
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Shameless shortcuts for a great garden super-fast Love being in the garden but not keen on spending the whole weekend making it look perfect? If so, then 30 Minute Gardening is just the book you've been looking for. This will have you sitting down enjoying a drink on the patio after just 30 minutes of stress-free, guilt-free gardening. Packed full of shameless shortcuts and practical tips and ideas that have instant impact, all the know-how is broken down into simple steps and picture sequences including 122 projects on creating beautiful borders, perfect patio pots and how to keep your salad growing all summer. 30 Minute Gardening is the perfect rescue remedy for anyone who loves gardening but has little time on their hands. It's all about how to have a neat garden, a pretty garden, a productive garden...and still have a life.

The Wildlife Gardener's Guide

Author: Janet Marinelli
Publisher: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
ISBN: 9781889538372
Category: Gardening
Page: 119
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Demonstrates how to transform a backyard into a sanctuary for wildlife such as birds, butterflies, and insects.

Touch a Butterfly

Wildlife Gardening with Kids
Author: April Pulley Sayre
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 1590309170
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 207
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Explains how to plant and maintain a wildlife garden that will provide a natural habitat for a variety of small creatures, while enriching children's relationship with nature.

The Sanctuary Garden

Creating a Place of Refuge in Your Yard Or Garden
Author: Christopher Forrest McDowell
Publisher: Fireside
Category: Gardening
Page: 188
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A guide to gardens that promote contemplation discusses color and light, seating, garden art, and the sacred in nature

The Wildlife Gardener

Author: Kate Bradbury
Publisher: Grub Street Publishers
ISBN: 1526712911
Category: Nature
Page: 120
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Create wildlife habitats and attract birds, bees, and other creatures to your very own garden: “A must-have for any gardening library.” —Gardeners World Filled with beautiful photos, this book is a practical guide for anyone who wants to make a home for wildlife in their garden—even if they don’t have a lot of space. Divided into sections on shelter, food, and water, it includes: *advice on the best nectar and pollen plants to grow *dos and don’ts of bird feeding *information on organic methods of pest control *ten projects—with step-by-step pictures—that will help encourage wildlife, such as creating a bumblebee nester, making a green roof, and building a hedgehog box Also included is a mini field guide, which will help you identify the birds and other creatures you’re likely to spot in your garden. The Wildlife Gardener gives tips on particular species, explaining what to look out for and how to cater for specific birds, mammals, bees, butterflies, moths, and pond life. “A joyous book.” —Alan Titchmarsh, author of My Secret Garden


The Garden Design Book for the Twenty-First Century
Author: Diarmuid Gavin,Terence Conran
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Category: Gardening
Page: 271
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A guide to innovative contemporary landscape design reveals how to find inspiration from diverse sources and provides extensively illustrated case studies that demonstrate large-scale designs, as well as smaller distinguishing details, in a reference that also addresses such conservation topics as wildlife, recycling, and water-wise gardening.

The Wildlife Garden Month-By-Month

Author: Jackie Bennett
Publisher: David & Charles Publishers
ISBN: 9780715305737
Category: Gardening
Page: 139
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Offering gardeners, however small their garden, a chance to make a contribution towards conserving our native flora and fauna, this handbook provides information in a month-by-month format. Each monthly chapter presents an introduction to the wild plants and creatures to expect at that time of the year, straightforward instructions and a checklist for seasonal tasks, profiles of plants in bloom, and a detailed practical project (such as creating a new pond or building a nest box) aimed at encouraging more wildlife into the garden.